Countdown To Oscar: Who Never Won The Oscar?

In the history of the Oscars, there are always a handful of people the masses feel are robbed of their recognition by the Academy.  This year it was Selma Director Ava DuVernay and its star David Oyelowo.  I bet you didn't know about these groundbreaking, big stars who also never got a chance to win an Oscar. Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick and Orson Welles

 

Hitchcock was nominated five times for best director and never won an Oscar.  However, was awarded the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1968 (usually given to those with an outstanding body of work, but never won the coveted award).   Kubrick and Welles were nominated and won an Academy Awards in other areas.  Kubrick won a  Best Effects Oscar for 2001: A Space Odyssey and Welles won Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Citizen Kane.

Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole

Burton and O'Toole, two of the best actors in any era have a total of 15 Oscar nominations between them.  However, in 2003 O'Toole was bestowed with an Honorary Oscar.

 

Marilyn Monroe

One of the most iconic imitated movie stars of all time, Marilyn Monroe, changed the game for women in the Golden Age of Hollywood.  Monroe was an amazing actress, but the Academy overlooked her talent due to her sex symbol status.

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Marilyn monroe

Cary Grant

Grant starred in over 70 films, garnered 2 nominations, but the golden guy eluded his career.

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Here are also 20 other actors, who have been nominated numerous times, but have never taken home an Academy Award.

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leonardo di caprio in the wolf on wall street

Leonardo DiCaprio 1994: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, "What's Eating Gilbert Grape"; 2005: Nominated for Best Actor, "The Aviator"; 2007: Nominated for Best Actor, "Blood Diamond"; 2014: Nominated for "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Johnny Depp 2004: Nominated for Best Actor, "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl"; 2005: Nominated for Best Actor, "Finding Neverland", 2008: Nominated for Best Actor, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"

TOM CRUISE1990: Nominated for Best Actor, "Born on the Fourth of July"; 1997: Nominated for Best Actor, "Jerry Maguire"; 2000: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, "Magnolia".

JULIANNE MOORE1998: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, "Boogie Nights";  2000: Nominated for Best Actress, "The End of the Affair"; 2003: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, "The Hours";  2003: Nominated for Best Actress, "Far From Heaven"

GLENN CLOSE1983: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, "The World According to Garp"; 1984: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, "The Big Chill"; 1985: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, "The Natural"; 1988: Nominated for Best Actress, "Fatal Attraction"; 1989: Nominated for Best Actress, "Dangerous Liasons"; 2012: Nominated for Best Actress, "Albert Nobbs".

JOAQUIN PHOENIX2001: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, "Gladiator"; 2006: Nominated for Best Actor, "Walk the Line"; 2013: Nominated for Best Actor, "The Master".

EDWARD NORTON1997: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, "Primal Fear"; 1999: Nominated for Best Actor, "American History X"

ANNETTE BENING1991: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, "The Grifters";  2000: Nominated for Best Actress, "American Beauty";  2005: Nominated for Best Actress, "Being Julia";  2011: Nominated for Best Actress, "The Kids Are All Right";

ED HARRIS1996: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, "Apollo 13";  1999: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, "The Truman Show"; 2001: Nominated for Best Actor, "Pollock";  2003: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, "The Hours"; lost to Chris Cooper, "Adaptation."

SIGOURNEY WEAVER1987: Nominated for Best Actress, "Aliens"; 1989: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, "Working Girl"; 1989: Nominated for Best Actress, "Gorillas in the Mist"

HARRISON FORD1985: Nominated for Best Actor, "Witness"

ALBERT FINNEY1964: Nominated for Best Actor, "Tom Jones";  1975: Nominated for Best Actor, "Murder on the Orient Express"; 1984: Nominated for Best Actor, "The Dresser"; 1985: Nominated for Best Actor, "Under the Volcano"; 2001: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, "Erin Brockovich"; lost to Benicio del Toro, "Traffic"

MICHELLE PFEIFFER  

1989:

Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, "Dangerous Liasons"; 

1990:

Nominated for Best Actress, "The Fabulous Baker Boys"; 

1993:

Nominated for Best Actress, "Love Field"

JOHN TRAVOLTA1978: Nominated for Best Actor, "Saturday Night Fever"; 1995: Nominated for Best Actor, "Pulp Fiction"

GARY OLDMAN2012: Nominated for Best Actor, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"

ROBERT DOWNEY, JR.1993: Nominated for Best Actor, "Chaplin"; 2009: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, "Tropic Thunder"

LIAM NEESON1994: Nominated for Best Actor, "Schindler's List"

WILL SMITH2002: Nominated for Best Actor, "Ali"; 2007: Nominated for Best Actor, "The Pursuit of Happyness"

MARK WAHLBERG2007: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, "The Departed";  2011: Nominated for Best Picture, "The Fighter" (along with David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman)

RALPH FIENNES1994: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, "Schindler's List";  1997: Nominated for Best Actor, "The English Patient"

SELMA

SELMA

David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo (Martin and Coretta King) are brilliant and Ejogo (I'm my opinion) is the first actress to actually capture the essence of the late Coretta Scott King.  I'm sure all of the aforementioned will be honored for their hard work.  I'm actually looking forward to watching Ava Duvernay pick up lots of gold this awards season...which I thought was going to go down a few years ago with Middle of Nowhere.

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Big Hero 6

All it takes in life is one person to believe in you to make a difference.  That person for me was David T. Blackburn.  Mr. Blackburn was the Head of Entertainment for the Six Flags Corporation and was in charge of casting their live shows.

Suffering from severe stage fright, I auditioned for him and froze after the intro to my song was played SEVERAL times.  Instead of dismissing me, he walked down to the stage, asked if I was alright and explained that although I would not be going further that year...he encouraged me to sing as much as possible in public and try again next year.  I did, was hired and Mr. Blackburn became my advocate well past my college years.

In Big Hero 6, Hero's advocate angel was his brother. However, when his brother is tragically killed Hero finds a surrogate big brother and ally in BayMax...his brother's health advocate, marshmallowy, robot.  Hero learns that revenge is not just, nor will it take away the pain.

Having been around for quite some time and courtesy of Marvel comics, Big Hero 6 is an Asian culture love letter and a throw back to such lovable shows as Speed Racer.  Unlike most animated features, this one had two directors (Dona Hall and Chris Williams)...one who focused on strictly on animation and the other on lights and effects.  Animation has come a long way at Disney since the early Mickey Mouse reels and this film looks more like an action-adventure feature than a cartoon.

We were treated to a little teaser cartoon before the feature that centered around a dog who was intent on hooking his owner up after his wife passes on.  It was a delightful treat and a reminder that man's best friend is always right on time.

The characters voiced by BayMax (Scott Adsit ), Hiro (Ryan Potter), Tadashi (Daniel Henney), GoGo (Jamie Chung ), Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez, who in real life was a welder and  learned to program robots to punch in school) along with Scandal's Katie Lowes (Abigail) all do a fantastic job and make the film as entertaining for adults as it is for kids.

Opening this weekend to a whopping 56 million domestically, Big Hero 6 surely will not disappoint.

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Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!

The Judge

Small town folks never leave.  They grow up there, get married there, start their families there, grow old there and pass on from this realm all within a very safe and small perimeter.  Being a Mid-western girl, I know these people all too well.  Many of them are my friends and relatives who have never stepped foot outside of St. Louis, Missouri, except to cross the river into East St. Louis, Illinois.

Having said that, it is no secret how much I adore Robert Downey, Jr....as I've expressed my enthusiasm in this blog many, many times.  To me...he can do NO wrong!!!!

Small towns have a way of staying in a time warp, because they never seem to let the "city folk" intrude or invade for too long.  In The Judge, Hank Palmer (Robert Downey,  Jr.) is a big city lawyer from a small town who defends and wins cases for guilty clients almost uncontested.   Hank seems to have the perfect wife, life and career.  However, it is all turned upside town when he returns to his town under less than ideal circumstances...his mother has passed on.  Now he not only has to deal with burying his Mom, but with the unresolved relationships he left behind many years ago.

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Ironically enough, before this film was released, Downey,  Jr.'s Mom passed away.  As part of his grieving process,  he wrote a heartwarming tribute to her on his  Facebook page dated September 26th and spoke again about this post on Ellen this past Friday.  It is lovely, well-written love letter honoring her  and he should know that all who have seen it will concur that he did his Mom proud.

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One of the most challenging un-resolved relationships Hank has to face is with his dad...The Judge (Robert Duvall).  The twists, turns, comedy and heartbreaking circumstances that arise out of this situation are well worth the ticket price.

When Oscar noms are handed out this year, Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall should be at the top of the list along with the film and its director, David Dobkin.  The screenplay is impeccably written by Dobkin, Nick Schenk and Bill Dubuque.  Their intricate storytelling with plot twists, creative use of flashbacks and subtle visual images used to advance the story was refreshing to me...an avid movie goer.

Besides the brilliant performances of Robert Downey, Jr and Robert Duvall, the supporting cast of Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton,  Vincent D'Onofrio,  Jeremy Strong, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard and an almost unrecognizable Balthazar Getty were all spectacular!!!

The Judge is in theaters now...Run People Run and get your tickets...like yesterday!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBvK6ni97W8

Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!

#TBT Only You

OnlyYouMoviePoster I love Robert Downey, Jr...I don't think I could ever get tired of saying that!!!  So when I found out that he and Oscar winner Marisa Tomei were starring in film TOGETHER...I was was all up in the movie theatre.

Destiny. Faith (Marisa Tomei) believes that two soul-mates can be united if they find each other. From the Ouija board, she has found the name of her missing half, and it is D-A-M-O-N.

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For those of you who don't know what a Ouija board is...according to Wikipedia...

The Ouija board (/ˈwə/ wee-jə), also known as a spirit board or talking board, is a flat board marked with the letters of the alphabet, the numbers 0–9, the words "yes", "no", "hello" (occasionally), and "goodbye", along with various symbols and graphics. It uses a planchette (small heart-shaped piece of wood or plastic) as a movable indicator to indicate the spirit's message by spelling it out on the board during a séance. Participants place their fingers on the planchette, and it is moved about the board to spell out words. "Ouija" has become a trademark that is often used generically to refer to any talking board.

Following its commercial introduction by businessman Elijah Bond on July 1, 1890, the Ouija board was regarded as a harmless parlor game unrelated to the occult until American Spiritualist Pearl Curran popularized its use as a divining tool during World War I.

Mainstream religions and some occultists have associated use of a Ouija board with the concept of demonic possession, and view the use of the board as a spiritual threat and have cautioned their followers not to use a Ouija board.

Despite being criticized by the scientific community and deemed demonic by Christians, Ouija remains popular among many people.  Some contemporary users regard the Ouija Board as a harmless toy, while others believe in its use as a spiritual tool.

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Anywhoo, back to the film...It was a cute little film that is totally for the romantic at heart.  ...and did I say that Robert Downey, Jr is in it...lol

Here is look back to Only You...

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Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!

2014 Toronto Film Festival

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Toronto is the king of the fall festivals, with a lineup of 285 features and 108 shorts. Here are 25 films that are must-seees...

 

wild-reese-witherspoonWILD  -  Jean-Marc Vallee directed Matthew McConaughey to an Oscar in last year's Toronto drama "Dallas Buyers Club," and now he's made Reese Witherspoon a real contender for "Wild," based on the Cheryl Strayed memoir.

 

tiff-missjulieMISS JULIE -Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell star in "Miss Julie," an adaptation of the Strindberg drama from actress-turned-director Liv Ullman.

tiff-theoryofeverythingJames Marsh's "The Theory of Everything" stars Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking and Felicity Jones as his wife Jane.

Look_Of_SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer won an Oscar nomination for his chilling documentary about the Indonesian genocide, "The Act of Killing" -- and his new film, "The Look of Silence," tells another side of the same story.

tiff-rosewaterHere's what Jon Stewart did on his summer vacation from "The Daily Show" last year: He directed Gael Garcia Bernal in the true-life, Iran-set drama "Rosewater."

 

tiff-stvincentBill Murray makes a rare appearance in Theodore Melfi's "St. Vincent" as a cranky old man who becomes a reluctant companion to Melissa McCarthy's son.

tiff-menwomenandchildrenJason Reitman brings most of his films to his hometown of Toronto, and his cross-generational drama "Men, Women & Children" will premiere in his favorite theater, the Ryerson.

tiff-imitationgameBenedict Cumberbatch won immediate Oscar buzz when Morten Tyldum's World War II drama "The Imitation Game," about the man who broke the German Enigma code but was persecuted for being gay, premiered in Telluride.

tiff-thejudgeToronto's opening night film, David Dobkin's "The Judge," boasts the powerhouse acting combo of Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall.

tiff-50yearargumentMartin Scorsese isn't touring the mean streets with "The 50 Year Argument" -- instead, he and co-director David Tedeschi have made a documentary about the New York Review of Books.

tiff-topfiveChris Rock wrote, directed and starred in "Top Five," in which he plays a New York comic coming to terms with his life.

 

 

 

 

tiff-loveandmercyPaul Dano and John Cusak play the troubled Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson at different ages in Bill Pohlad's "Love and Mercy."

tiff-killmethreetimesBrit Simon Pegg has two films in Toronto -- "Hector and the Search for Happiness" (not pictured) and the cartoonishly brutal and funny "Kill Me Three Times," where he plays an implacable hitman.

tiff-blackandwhiteOctavia Spencer and Kevin Costner are in a custody battle in Mike Binder's "Black and White," based on experiences from the director's life.

tiff-whilewereyoungDirector Noah Baumbach ("Frances Ha") has recruited Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts to star in "While We're Young" as a middle-aged couple whose marriage is tested when they meet a younger couple.

 

 

tiff-merchantofdoubtThe business of providing naysayers on issues like climate change is uncovered by "Food, Inc." director Robert Kenner in "Merchants of Doubt."

tiff-timeoutofmind"The Messenger" director Oren Moverman's "Time Out of Mind" stars Richard Gere as a homeless man trying to reconnect with his daughter.

 

tiff-pawnsacrificeLiev Schreiber plays Boris Spassky and Tobey Maguire is Bobby Fischer in Ed Zwick's "Pawn Sacrifice," a film about their epic chess match.

tiff-riot"An Education" director Lone Scherfig examines the class system at Oxford in "The Riot Club," about two new recruits joining a raucous upper-crust club.

tif-tuskKevin Smith should be right at home in TIFF's Midnight Madness section with "Tusk," a dark comedy about a podcast host slowly going crazy.

tiff-cakeJennifer Aniston has a chance to show off her dramatic chops in "Cake," in which she plays a member of a chronic-pain support group investigating the suicide of a fellow member (Anna Kendrick).

tiff-thedropBelgian director Michael Roskam became a hot property after his Oscar-nominated "Bullhead," and he's made his English-language debut with "The Drop," featuring Tom Hardy and, in his final screen appearance, James Gandolfini.

tiff-songoftheseaIrish director Tomm Moore won a surprise Oscar nomination for "The Secret of Kells" in 2010, and he's back using hand-drawn animation to illustrate Irish myths in "Song of the Sea."

tiff-electricboogaloo"Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films" is the second documentary to examine the freewheeling '80s studio known for action flicks.

tiff-bovariesTwo TIFF films are based on the same Flaubert book: Sophie Barthes' period drama "Madame Bovary," with Mia Wasikowska, and Anne Fontaine's modern-day "Gemma Bovery," with Gemma Arterton.

Utopia-Fox"Utopia" (Fox), Sept. 7 at 8/7c Pioneers will begin a new civilization off-the-grid in Southern California, where they will live, survive and -- hopefully -- thrive for a full calendar year. Fox will live-stream the happenings around-the-clock.

RIP Sir Richard Attenborough

attenborough-obit-2-blog427Charlie Chaplin is one of my favorite movie stars.  I could watch his films - silent and with sound until my eyeballs popped out! So, when I heard that Sir Richard Attenborough was directing a film on my fav starring one of my other favs...Robert Downey, Jr. I was beside myself!  Although Chaplin gave RDJ his first Oscar nomination, by Hollywood standards, the film was considered a flop.  Of course, this was a blow to its director, who just five years earlier was lauded for his film Cry Freedom starring Denzel Washington about South African activist Steven Biko.

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However, it is his direction of Ben Kingsley in his Academy Award winning role as Gandhi that most remember the directing genius of Richard Attenborough.   Mr. Attenborough brought the film to fruition after a 20-year battle to raise money and interest often reluctant Hollywood producers, one of whom famously predicted that there would be no audience for “a little brown man in a sheet carrying a beanstalk.” (Mr. Attenborough ended up producing it himself.)

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The film had 430 speaking parts and used over 300,000 extras for Gandhi’s funeral. No one expected it to recoup its $22 million cost, but it wound up earning 20 times that amount.

Attenborough, left directing briefly to re-claim his acting career with the role of John Hammond in the mega-hit Jurrassic Park.

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He was credited with inspiring Princess Diana, whom he coached in public speaking, to start her campaign against land mines. Christopher Hart, writing in The Sunday Times in London, called him “an ennobled Champagne socialist of the old school, a mass of good causes and inconsistencies.” On the set he was known for his genial charm, calling everyone “darling,” however mighty or marginal they were. William Goldman, the screenwriter of “A Bridge Too Far,” called Mr. Attenborough “by far the finest, most decent human being” he had ever met in the movie business.

 Ironically, In 2008,  he published an autobiography, “Entirely Up to You, Darling.” The book chronicles a full and eventful life. But it ends with the death of his daughter and granddaughter in the 2004 tsunami, and his regretting the time he never spent with them.

"Work", he wrote, “always took precedence.”  RIP Sir Richard...

 

 

Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!

Review: LET'S BE COPS

Let's_Be_Cops_posterEvery actor is nervous about their first on-screen kiss...and  I was certainly no different.  After Booking a Guest-Star on the popular Fox-TV sitcom "New Girl" in an episode titled "Virgins" penned by show runner Liz Meriwether, but realized I had to kiss one of the Series Regulars...yikes!!!!  The name of that actor is Jake Johnson, who is one-half of the latest buddy comedy - Let's Be Cops with Damon Wayans, Jr. Dennis+Farina+New+Girl+Virgins+2x23+-uUZj5S6JVYl

 

We meet Justin (Wayans) and Ryan (Johnson) at a point where they are both struggling in life, love and career.  Ryan is trying to find his identity after an injury prevented him from becoming a football star and Justin is having issues letting his voice be heard at work.  They attend what they believed to be a costume party as cops and discover that pretending has its advantages until they meet up and tangle with the wrong crowd.

Initially, I thought this film was going to be another silly buddy film.  I was sooooo wrong!!!  It was HI-larious and I totally smell a sequel on the way.

Johnson and his comedic timing totally translates from the small screen to the silver screen and ditto for Wayans (ironically enough they both worked on New Girl until Wayans booked Happy Endings on ABC).  I predict this film takes both of their careers to another level.

Let's Be Cops in in theaters now...

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Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!

COMING ATTRACTIONS - MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND

It's the weekend where we honor our Mom's...yaay!  These are the films on the skid for this weekend... neighbors

NEIGHBORS - A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family. Starring Seth Rogan, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne and Lisa Kudrow.

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chefCHEF - A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.  Starring Robert Downey,Jr., Scarlett Johanson, Dustin Hoffman and Jon Fever

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIqLqTaBczs

 

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MOM'S NIGHT OUT - All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and fun - a long-needed moms' night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation, and food not served in a bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for a few hours ... what could go wrong? Starring Patricia Heaton, Trace Adknis, Sean Astin and Sarah Drew

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2gnLXW7X-0

 

 

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GOD'S POCKET - When Mickey's crazy stepson Leon is killed in a construction 'accident', nobody in the working class neighborhood of God's Pocket is sorry he's gone. Mickey tries to bury the bad news with the body, but when the boy's mother demands the truth, Mickey finds himself stuck in a life and death struggle between a body he can't bury, a wife he can't please and a debt he can't pay.  Starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Christina Hendricks, Richard Jenkins and John Turturro.

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Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!

Countdown to Oscar: Best Picture Prediction

As we countdown to Oscar Sunday, it is safe to say that everyone has a good idea of what their list of winners will be.  Mine?  I choose "12 Years A Slave" as the Best Picture and this is why...Slavery, like any other historical injustice is always very uncomfortable to watch for Afircan-Americans or anyone else.  However, it is a part of our history we should NEVER forget.  This is the first film since watching the Alex Haley mini-series ROOTS that I felt the actors were not just portraying "slaves", but real, live human beings who had families, feelings and aspirations to become more than society wanted us to experience.  Of course, this is just my opinion and thanks to people like Solomon Northrup, Martin Luther King, Jr, Ghandi, Malcolm X, Jesse Jackson and many others,  I am free to express just that...an opinion as a free person in America.  Feel free to click on the link below and watch an Academy Q&A with nominated Director - Steve McQueen20140223-004204.jpg 12 year q&A

Also...tune into www.UBNradio.com for our special broadcast from the Dolby Theatre on Oscar Sunday, March 2nd

 

Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!

REVIEW: SALINGER

MV5BMTQ1MjM4NTMyMl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzE3MDkzOQ@@._V1._SX94_SY140_In the Shane Salerno directed documentary, SALINGER,  we are reminded that J.D. Salinger is one of America's mostly celebrated writers along with Eugene O'Neill and Tennessee Williams.  Salinger's work has grossed an estimated $6 million dollars and his 1951 novel  "The Catcher In The Rye" is also one of the most controversial and talked about, but not for the reasons one would think.  You see this particular novel has been linked to the assassinations and/or attempted assassinations  of  John Lennon, Ronald Reagan, actress Rebecca Schaeffer (from the defunct ABC sitcom "My Sister Sam") and the shooters Mark David Chapman, John Hinckley, Jr. and Robert John Pardo. Rye_catcher

For those reasons alone, Salinger proves to be a subject of curiosity.  Never mind his complex relationships with mostly teenage girls, his obsession with being published by the affluential periodical -  The New Yorker, the extreme protectiveness of his work and becoming a recluse living out the rest of his days in Cornish, New Hampshire passing away in 2010 at 91 years old.

Joyce Maynard, a prolific writer in her own right, speaks of how complex and it was to love and bear children with Salinger.  Many are interviewed and all have one comment in common...Salinger, when pushed the wrong way, would simply shut down and shut you out.

He would retreat to his writing, which he continued to develop in Cornish for nearly 40 years after he retreated from public view.  According to this documentary, we won't ever see "The Catcher In The Rye" on film, but we will be able to read some new works being released between 2015 - 2020, which include and are not limited to:

—an anthology, The Family Glass, which will include the existing Glass family stories along with five new ones as well as a Glass family geneaology.

—a World War II novel inspired by Salinger’s enormously complicated relationship with his first wife, Sylvia, who may have been a Gestapo informant.

—a manual of the Hindu Vedanta religion, which Salinger followed for the last 50 years of his life.

—a novella based on Salinger’s own experiences that, according to the authors, “takes the form of a counterintelligence agent’s diary entries during World War II.”

—“a complete retooling” of Salinger’s unpublished Holden Caulfield story “The Last and Best of the Peter Pans,” which will be packaged with the existing Caulfield stories as well as new stories and The Catcher in the Rye, “creating a complete history of the Caulfield family.”

Due to being a military brat, I never had "The Catcher In The Rye" as required reading in high school or college.  I feel like I may have just missed that semester at each school I attended,  Therefore, SALINGER, was very fascinating and encouraged me to purchase many J.D. Salinger novels that I will begin reading as soon as this review is posted...LOL  Check it out for yourselves...

Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!

Review: THE AVENGERS

OK…just like most people from my generation I am obsessed with comic book superheroes. Having said this, I realized that I have become partial to certain superheroes…particularly Superman and Ironman. It was Robert Downey, Jr. as Ironman that kept this film alive for me. Don’t get me wrong, all the superheroes did their thing, but when Ironman showed up, my interest and attention span was just a bit better..LOL. With an all-star cast helmed by Joss Whedon, I felt the first half of the film was a little on the slow side, but perked up after about 45 minutes in. I especially loved that Samuel L. Jackson was Nick Fury, the man responsible for getting “the avengers” together to kick butt and Scarlett Johanson as the only female avenger, giving little girls someone to idolize a superhero. For me, it was Wonder Woman…LOL.

The fighting scenes were spectacular, especially anything involving The Hulk, smartly portrayed by Mark Ruffalo. However, my favorite performance was given by Tom Huddleston, who portrayed Loki. He gave Loki just the right amount of venom, comedy and intensity that makes his character jump off the screen. Watching in 3D is not my favorite thing to do and thought it had died in the 50’s. But in America…”everything old is new again “!!! Who knew…LOL

Of course, at the end we are left with the knowledge that there WILL be a sequel. The kids, teens and those diehard comic fans will have a great time. Great summer flick!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOrNdBpGMv8

Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!